Congo

Pinside rating

This game received 307 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.056 /10

8.056

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #39 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.36

Artwork: 7.584

Sounds/Music: 7.443

Other Aspects: 8.161



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8.104/10
32 days ago
Really solid game. Can art isn’t great, but the pf and backglass are great. Music and call outs are excellent. Love the layout and feel of the shots. Even though the movie isn’t the best, theme is really well done. Lastibility could be an issue though in a smaller collection.
7.910/10
89 days ago
I think it's no secret anymore that Congo is a fun game with an awesome layout. The rules are just OK and the lower playfield isn't great. The art/theme is all actually pretty good, despite it being based on a movie no one cares about. I prefer an attractive game based on a nothing theme compared to an ugly game with a great theme.
7.482/10
6 months ago
Congo has a cool layout but a somewhat lacking ruleset. You will be shooting mainly the left ramp to spell map while simultaneously spotting the in-lane lights. These are the main things to do in the game. The lower playfield is cool for the first few times but gets old cause you just mash the flippers. The right ramp through the pops is a fun and satisfying shot. The mode where you shooter skill shots for 20 seconds is a really cool and unique idea, but again, grows stale cause you just keep pulling the plunger back over and over. Great layout and good game.
10.000/10
6 months ago
very very under rated game !
9.174/10
7 months ago
Played it on different locations...had to buy it :-)
8.603/10
8 months ago
Machine that has a big potential!
5.244/10
8 months ago
Admittedly, I have only played this pin a couple different occasions but it is another pin where I don't understand the high rating.

The movie was bad and the pin seems only marginally better.
8.324/10
9 months ago
This is a very good pinball, fast and a well respected theme.
With this one, you can't be dissapointed.
7.412/10
10 months ago
Great game ..under rated..Wayy Funnn !! The ModFather
9.263/10
1 year ago
Really like this game, which was unexpected. The look of the game is great and the play is fun.
9.600/10
1 year ago
Congo is a great game! Also one of my favorite movies. The game really does a nice job integrating the theme with the art, DMD animations, and toys. The sounds are amazing; even better with a subwoofer installed. I like that it doesn't necessarily have "modes", but hidden tasks that get unlocked as you advance through the game. Because of this, I don't really know how far i've actually gotten in the game. I'm still discovering new things. I had no idea there was a "super" skill shot to the kickback! Very cool.
8.040/10
1 year ago
HIPPOS!!!
9.900/10
1 year ago
I have an excellent example of this pin, and have owned it for some time now. This pin is very underrated imo, and it's one of the pins that consistently receives the most attention from friends and family. It has some of the most unique shots in pinball, including the challenging volcano ramp, which is extremely satisfying when you hit it. It has that 'just one more' appeal to it as well.
9.296/10
1 year ago
if it wasnt for the terrible movie based theme this game would be a top 10 machine
8.556/10
1 year ago
I really enjoy this pin and think it could be ranked higher than, say ACDC. Lovely execution on the theme for the era. Video modes are fun enough that I find myself going for them hoping to get to play, as opposed to other pins where a player might play the video mode begrudgingly.
Caveat: the example I put my 30 or so games on did not seem to have a working lower-playfield, nothwithstanding the fact that I scored 1,400,000,000 and took the GC spot...maybe my moderately good game is why I like the pin so much?!
9.100/10
1 year ago
Its been said a bunch of times, yes the movie was meh, but the pin is fun to play. That is what I look for first and foremost. I don't need it too impossible, or too busy that you can't get all of the shots. This game has a good flow, easy play for all skill sets, and I like the smart and funny banter from the characters (Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry) actual voices.
9.560/10
1 year ago
this is really a nice game ! excellent flow and fast gameplay!and very rare....
6.407/10
1 year ago
It has a giant monkey! I should love it! But I don't.... just doesn't flow. And the randomness of cave exploring makes me angry every time. Blea. Pass.
8.595/10
1 year ago
I haven't seen he movie since it first came out, and based on the ratings that's a good thing. I can just enjoy the machine as a jungle adventure. I do agree with other reviewers that the lower playfield is a bit of a gimmick. Having said that, at worst, it's a change of pace like a video mode. Plus, being under the playfield it doesn't get in the way of any of the great shots. The best "toy" on the machine is probably the volcano. Having the balls shoot out of a volcano to start multiball is entertaining. Shooting the volcano ramp through the pops is also a rewarding shot.
7.812/10
2 years ago
This is a very polarizing game when it comes to collectors, whether they have a preference to WPC or not.
Overall, gameplay is actually quite good, and has decent flow.
The game is FUN on game action and modes.
Artwork is well above average.
Backglass is average.
Ruleset is above average.
Ramp shots are good.
Difficulty is well BELOW average.
Callouts are very annoying, especially "Amy" being screamed at the most inappropriate times and does not always make a lot of sense.
Music is movie centric.
The game does have a few "achilles heels", notably the volcano VUK, associated plastics, and mini playfield gorilla kicker, but nothing that is insurmountable in a home environment.

Up until around 2010, nobody really cared about this title, and there are reasons.
Current collectors seem to be flocking to the game, think because is is "rare" it is "valuable".
You might want to actually PLAY the game, before buying it, which can be a little difficult I realize based on production numbers.
This is a game you REALLY need to try first, instead of relying on "Top 10" lists based on new collectors.
Make a private assessment.

The game is overpriced like most later model games on average by $1500-2000 right now.
Does the game have good value?
Yes, at around $2800, not $4000-6000.
WCS94 is a much better game than this overall.

But, for new collectors that have to "own them all" like children owning He Man and "Master of the Universe" toys, the results are fairly predictable.
8.341/10
2 years ago
Congo is a fantastic game! I totally see why it was neglected for years and used to fetch a low price as the artwork and theme are pretty lame. That said, this game is a SOLID player! I love this game and would like to snag one someday for the right price!
8.116/10
2 years ago
one of the best william's pinball!I love the flow the gameplay !I'm still really enjoy to play with every time..
I'm fond of the midnignt madness very funny..
7.465/10
2 years ago
a good game but easy play with a lot of fun
9.004/10
2 years ago
Congo.... you beautiful beast. You are a diamond in the rough.
Non linear game play. Fun shots. Great sounds and call outs. The Volcano. So many reasons to love this game. It's a hard title to find in good condition but there are repro parts available.
Haters can nay say all they want. This game holds its own with any other pin and then some. It's a perfect compliment to the classic fan layouts and typical pinball conventions of modern based conquest.

Diamonds!!!!!! Dis game is worth dems.
9.260/10
2 years ago
Had the opportunity to buy a restored Congo with clearcoated playfield. Love, love, love this game. I owned this early in my exposure to pinball and miss this game tremendously. I remember when the movie was released, all the marketing, the art plastered on cups at Taco Bell. The movie is not an all time favorite but I did enjoy it. The themes, music and vibe really immerse you into game play. There is something to be sound for sound and call outs with any game and I love them on Congo. If you own one, don't make my same mistake and sell it. You will regret it. If you own a restored Congo and find yourself reading this, please reach out to me because I would love to own one again.
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